The 1925 Dual Currency Definitive Series
Both currencies on each stamp for the first time but different French and British sets.

1925



The Yvert et Teller 1936 catalogue says that the stamps were sold on a basis of 25F per £1.

The Australian Stamp Journal writes in 1926 that the exchange rate of the denominations is the 'pre-war rate'.


SPECIMEN overprint on the 1925 "Mult Script CA" stamps: Samuel Type D16x
Samuel Type D16x

The De La Rue Overprint on these stamps is Type D16x: Length 15.7 mm, Height: 1.9 mm.



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In 1925 a new definitive series was issued due to the changed colour/value relation of New Hebrides stamps. Both currencies are expressed on the British and the French series. The British series carries the French currency on the left side and the British currency on the right.
Engraving: Leonard Vincent Phillips
Design: J. Giraud
Printing: Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd.  ♦  modified 1911 issue
First Day: 1 June 1925 (?)  ♦  earliest day recorded: 2 June 1925
Perforation: 14  ♦  Watermark: Multiple Script CA / RF in sheet
This series exists with overprint "SPECIMEN".

The 1925 British Watermark Mult. Script CA stamps

1925 ½d

S.-G.: 43-Yv: 91
Sc.   : **-Mi: 77

1925 1d

S.-G.: 44-Yv: 92
Sc.   : **-Mi: 78

1925 2d

S.-G.: 45-Yv: 93
Sc.   : **-Mi: 79

1925 2½d

S.-G.: 46-Yv: 94
Sc.   : **-Mi: 80

1925 5d

S.-G.: 47-Yv: 95
Sc.   : **-Mi: 81

1925 6d

S.-G.: 48-Yv: 96
Sc.   : **-Mi: 82

1925 1/-d

S.-G.: 49-Yv: 97
Sc.   : **-Mi: 83

1925 2/-

S.-G.: 50-Yv: 98
Sc.   : **-Mi: 84

1925 5/-

S.-G.: 51-Yv: 99
Sc.   : **-Mi: 85

 

Quantities: unknown J. Mérot (†) said that reprints were made of the Britsh 5d stamp in 1927 and of the British 1/-, 2/- & 5/- stamps in 1928.

Proposed quantities written on the essays for printing:
½d: 30,000   ♦  1d: 45,000   ♦  2d: 60,000   ♦  2½d: 45,000   ♦  5d: 30,000   ♦  5d: 20,000   ♦  1/-: 10,000   ♦  2/-: 10,000   ♦  5/-: 10,000

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The 1925 French Watermark RF in sheet

1925 5c

S.-G.: F42-Yv: 80
Sc.   : **-Mi: 86

1925 10c

S.-G.: F43-Yv: 81
Sc.   : **-Mi: 87

1925 20c

S.-G.: F44-Yv: 82
Sc.   : **-Mi: 88

1925 25c

S.-G.: F45-Yv: 83
Sc.   : **-Mi: 89

1925 30c

S.-G.: F46-Yv: 84
Sc.   : **-Mi: 90

1925 40c

S.-G.: F47-Yv: 85
Sc.   : **-Mi: 91

1925 50c

S.-G.: F48-Yv: 86
Sc.   : **-Mi: 92

1925 75c

S.-G.: F49-Yv: 87
Sc.   : **-Mi: 93

1925 1F

S.-G.: F50-Yv: 88
Sc.   : **-Mi: 94

1925 2F

S.-G.: F51-Yv: 89
Sc.   : **-Mi: 95

1925 5F

S.-G.: F52-Yv: 90
Sc.   : **-Mi: 96

 

Quantities: Contemporary stamp journals say that not over 9960 complete sets had been printed. A French source (J. Mérot) says that reprints were made of the French 25c and 50c stamps in 1927 and of the French 1F, 2F & 5F stamps in 1928.

Proposed quantities written on the essays for printing:
5c: 30,000   ♦  10c: 45,000   ♦  20c: 60,000   ♦  25c: 45,000   ♦  30c: 25,000   ♦  40c: 25,000   ♦  50c: 30,000   ♦  75c: 20,000   ♦  1F: 10,000   ♦  2F: 10,000   ♦  5F: 10,000

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In 1925 the first British postage dues were created by overprinting stamps of the regular design with the word "Postage Due". As the British values 30c/3d and 1F/10d did not exist they were printed to perform the overprinting. All this was done by De La Rue.
According to Hals/Collas, the British issue is rather common in mint condition and it is rather awkward that it catalogues higher than the French series. They exist with the overprinting SPECIMEN, please see further down.


The 1925 POSTAGE DUE - TIMBRE TAXE stamps


1925 1d

S.-G.: D1-Yv: T6
Sc.   : **-Mi: P1

1925 2d

S.-G.: D2-Yv: T7
Sc.   : **-Mi: P2

1925 3d

S.-G.: D3-Yv: T8
Sc.   : **-Mi: P3

1925 5d

S.-G.: D4-Yv: T9
Sc.   : **-Mi: P4

1925 10d

S.-G.: D5-Yv: T10
Sc.   : **-Mi: P5

 

Quantities: Contemporary English stamp journals say that not over 2100 complete sets had been printed.

 

1925 10c

S.-G.: FD53-Yv: T1
Sc.   : **-Mi: P6

1925 20c

S.-G.: FD54-Yv: T2
Sc.   : **-Mi: P7

1925 30c

S.-G.: FD55-Yv: T3
Sc.   : **-Mi: P8

1925 50c

S.-G.: FD56-Yv: T4
Sc.   : **-Mi: P9

1925 1F

S.-G.: FD57-Yv: T5
Sc.   : **-Mi: P10

 

Quantities: unknown

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In 1925 the first French postage dues were created by overprinting the regulars with the word "Chiffre Taxe". The overprinting was performed by De La Rue. According to Hals/Collas, the French series is virtually unknown in mint condition. They were not sold mint in the first year in Vila but maybe in Paris. They exist with the overprinting SPECIMEN, please see further down.

The 1925 Watermark Mult. Script CA SPECIMEN stamps


1925 ½d

S.-G.: 43s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 1d

S.-G.: 44s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 2d

S.-G.: 45s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 2½d

S.-G.: 46s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 5d

S.-G.: 47s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 6d

S.-G.: 48s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 1/-d

S.-G.: 49s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 2/-

S.-G.: 50s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 5/-

S.-G.: 51s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

 

Quantities: 420 sets

 

The De La Rue Overprint on these stamps is Type D16x.

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The 1925 French Watermark RF in sheet SPECIMEN stamps

1925 5c

S.-G.: F42s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 10c

S.-G.: F43s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 20c

S.-G.: F44s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 25c

S.-G.: F45s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 30c

S.-G.: F46s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 40c

S.-G.: F47s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 50c

S.-G.: F48s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 75c

S.-G.: F49s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 1F

S.-G.: F50s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 2F

S.-G.: F51s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 5F

S.-G.: F52s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

 

Quantities: 420 sets

 

The De La Rue Overprint on these stamps is Type D16x too.

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The 1925 POSTAGE DUE - TIMBRE TAXE SPECIMEN stamps


1925 1d

S.-G.: D1s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 2d

S.-G.: D2s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 3d

S.-G.: D3s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 5d

S.-G.: D4s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 10d

S.-G.: D5s-Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 10c

S.-G.: ----Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 20c

S.-G.: ----Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 30c

S.-G.: ----Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 50c

S.-G.: ----Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

1925 1F

S.-G.: ----Yv: --
Sc.   : **-Mi: --

 

Quantities: 420 sets

 

The De La Rue Overprint on these stamps is Type D16x too.

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